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Carmen Chin & Christina Savopoulos | May 22, 2022

Welcome to The Fodder Blog’s new weekly segment ‘Weekly Top 10’, where our lovely team of writers share their top song picks for that week. If you’re in need of brand-new, spirited additions to your tumbleweed-ridden playlists, you’re in the right place! 

Radio Fodder Blog Managers Carmen Chin & Christina Savopoulos share their favourite new releases from the last week. On our specially-curated playlist, we celebrate the best and brightest of this week’s music—from Harry Styles’ intimate new album Harry’s House and the new Blu DeTiger and Chromeo team-up, to deeper cuts from Michael Cimino, Angel Olsen and more. 

Christina’s Picks

Michael Cimino — ‘The Love Was Real’

Released on: May 20

Michael Cimino is the star of Disney+ series Love, Victor, and he has ventured into a singing career alongside his acting. ‘The Love Was Real’ marks Cimino’s fourth solo song after his first music release in 2021. The music video alternates between the artful colour grading of a  hellish red and a deep calming blue, mirroring the song’s description of the two sides of a breakup—lingering love co-existing with acceptance and anger from the respective sides. Cimino’s music is self-produced and funded, and the music video for ‘The Love Was Real’ included support from other creatives. In an age where music may be created for a purely profitable purpose, I commend Cimino for creating his music on his own without the backing of a label.   

Diana Ross (feat. Tame Impala) — ‘Turn Up The Sunshine’

Released on: May 19

Just as the title indicates, this song bottles the warmth of sunshine and is light and airy in its vocals and instrumentation. Created for the new Minions film, The Rise of Gru,it is appropriately boppy and exactly what you would expect to appear in a children’s film. While it may not reach the popularity of ‘Let It Go’, expect to hear any younger cousins or siblings loving Diana Ross’ new release, assisted by Perth’s own Tame Impala.

Harry Styles — ‘Late Night Talking’

Released on: May 20

It’s safe to say that Harry Styles has come a long way from his One Direction days. He has established himself as an artist in his own right and his new album Harry’s Home is equal parts soothing and energetic. ‘Late Night Talking’, a cut from the freshly-dropped record, captures the overwhelming feelings of change and the experience of falling head over heels in love; the willingness to do everything you can for someone. The song feels like a love letter to no one specific (though not confirmed by Styles), but instead, is a love letter to the concept of love itself and its early stages. Harry Styles is coming to Melbourne for Love On Tour in February, purchase tickets here.

Rina Sawayama — ‘This Hell’

Released on: May 19

Japanese-British singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama channels her inner cowgirl for the release of ‘This Hell’, a single off her upcoming sophomore LP, Hold The Girl. Sawayama shared that when writing ‘This Hell’ she “listen[ed] to lots of female country singers and wanted to write a euphoric and tongue-in-cheek country-pop song”. In the same press release, Sawayama spoke about including iconic pop culture references in her lyrics as the highlights of the track: “Posing for the paparazzi / Fuck what they did to Britney / To Lady Di and Whitney”. Sawayama’s upbeat vocals transform this pop rodeo track into a rebel anthem dedicated to the bold.

5 Seconds of Summer — ‘Me Myself & I’

Released on: May 11

Sydney-hailed band 5 Seconds of Summer, better known as 5SOS, have released the fourth song from their upcoming fifth album titled 5SOS5, due out on September 23. Lead vocalist Luke Hemmings said that “the album is definitely very introspective. I think like a lot of people in the last couple years, the only way to look was inward… There’s just so much heart in it.” The album’s core is made clear on ‘Me Myself & I’, where the band collectively accept their selfish actions in the lyrics but also ground themselves in their layered vocals as a collective way of almost correcting their behaviour.  5SOS are set to conclude their current tour of Australia at the end of this year, but unfortunately, Victoria has been left out. Hope’s not all lost—if you find yourself in another state in December, you can purchase tickets here.

Carmen’s Picks

Hayley Kiyoko — ‘for the girls’

Released on: May 20

Famously known for her radio-friendly sapphic anthems, Hayley Kiyoko adds another to her extensive catalogue with ‘for the girls’, a classic, feel-good pop number that thoroughly celebrates WLW. What makes this even more fun is the song’s video treatment—directed by Kiyoko herself, it gives us a glimpse into an alternate universe where the Bachelorette is for the gays.

“I love The Bachelor franchise. Honestly, reality TV is what gets me through everyday stress,” she told Rolling Stone of the video’s inspirations. “I just love the kind of mindless drama, but it’s also just so fun that you get invested into their lives and world. I wanted a queer version of that.”

Angel Olsen — ‘Through The Fires’

Released on: May 18

On Angel Olsen’s latest preview of her June 3 album Big Time, her piercing vocals take centre stage. Gut-wrenching emotion is rife in each word sung within each verse, as she laments the pain in her perseverance, unsure of its worth. The anguish swarms, but so too do glimmers of a brighter future. 

“Walk through the fires / Of all earthly desires / And let go of the pain / That obstructs you from higher,” she sings, as a heart wrenching reminder of her indisputable talent in songwriting and story-telling as an artist. 

Spacey Jane — ‘Hardlight’

Released on: May 19

Even with the world at their feet, it seems even Spacey Jane are unable to escape anxiety which haunts them like a merciless spectre. ‘Hardlight’ is a vulnerable chronicle of an unrelenting weight on their shoulders; its lyrics are so intimately penned that they feel as though they were quoted verbatim from vocalist and guitarist Caleb Harper’s own journal. 

“I wrote this song about how I was feeling like my life was a bit like one of those nightmares where you’re at school with no pants except I used the metaphor of being on set and forgetting all of your lines (because it felt less silly),” Harper explained in a press release for the new song, a pre-release for Spacey Jane’s fast-approaching sophomore album, Here Comes Everybody. 

Soccer Mommy — ‘Bones’

Released on: May 18

“I feel the bones of how we used to be,” Soccer Mommy—a.k.a Sophie Allison—whispers in the starting seconds of the latest single to be lifted off her forthcoming Oneohtrix Point Never-produced record, Sometimes, Forever. The instrumentation of this harrowing track mirrors its raw lyrics; the portrayal of the immutable descent of a passionate romance lies in the way ‘90s guitar riffs and slow-paced drums unfold as all-out delirium. Varying degrees of insecurity have always been a symptom of the Soccer Mommy corpus, making ‘Bones’ a very welcome addition to an already prodigious body of work. 

Blu DeTiger, Chromeo — ‘Blutooth’

Released on: May 20

Blu DeTiger and Chromeo join forces for a groovy new number ‘Blutooth’—dripping in sublimely paced electro funk. It’s the perfect soundtrack for a mellow night out: “Take a day, we can go for a ride if you want to / You could take me away on the roof of your Subaru / Lowkey turn it up, night club, on the bluetooth,” DeTiger croons atop scuzzy synthesisers. 

“Bass is the backbone of funk music. We grew up idolising everyone from Larry Graham to Meshell Ndegeocello,” said Chromeo’s P-Thugg in a press statement, via Flood Magazine. “That’s what we see in Blu and that’s what we wanted to bring out of her.”

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